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Tony Scott

Highest Rated:   92% RKO 281 (1999)
Lowest Rated:   19% Domino (2005)
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While still a teenager, producer and director Tony Scott made his first foray into film with an appearance in his big brother Ridley Scott's first short film, Boy and Bicycle. He later attended London's Royal College of Art, as did his brother, and proceeded to get his feet wet behind the camera, at first by directing TV commercials for his brother's production company Ridley Scott Associates. He became a leader in the British commercial industry, directing countless ads and building up an impressive resumé over the years.By the early '80s, Tony Scott was ready to begin directing films, and for his first project, he agreed to tackle MGM's artful vampire pic The Hunger, starring David Bowie and Catherine Deneuve. The movie was released in 1983 to a disappointing silence at the box office, and for the next few years Scott returned to commercials as he waited for his next opportunity to come along. That project came in the form of an offer from producer Jerry Bruckheimer to direct a fun action drama about hotshot fighter jet pilots -- Top Gun. Scott's darker artistic sensibilities didn't jive with Bruckheimer's ideas at first -- he had images of Apocalypse Now and The Road Warrior in mind, while the producers were envisioning something poppier and easy to digest. Finally, Scott understood what they were asking for and created the rock & roll and blue-skies flick that they had in mind. The movie was a massive box-office hit, ushering Scott into the next tier of filmmakers and making a star out of Tom Cruise.Scott almost instantly became the man to call on for fun action romps, directing films like Beverly Hills Cop II in 1987, Days of Thunder in 1990, and The Last Boy Scout in 1991. He also directed a script written by a then unknown named Quentin Tarantino called True Romance. Starring a top-notch ensemble cast including Christian Slater, Patricia Arquette, Dennis Hopper, Christopher Walken, Gary Oldman, and Brad Pitt, the film was something of a sleeper at the box office. The exuberant tribute to cinematic expressions of love, crime, violence, and rock & roll quickly became another cult hit -- and a preview of things to come from the writer behind it. The movie also served as a reminder that Scott was capable of more sensitive and artistic sentiments than the testosterone-driven pictures that encompassed much of his filmography.That is not to say Scott was not quite at home in the action and thriller areas of film, as he spent the 1990s churning out popular titles like Crimson Tide, The Fan, and Enemy of the State. He continued with his trademark action-with-a-sense-of-humor style in the new millennium with films like Spy Game, Man on Fire, and Domino, but by this time he was trying his hand at producing as well. Scott produced and executive produced TV ventures like The Last Debate, The Gathering Storm, and Numb3rs, as well as features such as Tristan + Isolde and In Her Shoes, and his own Man on Fire and Domino. Scott's next three films, 2006's Deja Vu, and 2009's The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, and 2010's Unstoppable, found the director becoming something of a frequent collaborator with Hollywood heavyweight Denzel Washington. Yet just as his career would circle back with the development of Top Gun 2, Tony took his own life by jumping off the Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro. He left behind a wife, two twin boys, and a breadth of work that was unique, satisfying, and always delivered with a stylish flair that only became more daring as his career went on.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
77% Get Santa
  • Producer
$1.8M 2014
53% Out of the Furnace
  • Producer
$8.4M 2013
74% The East
  • Executive Producer
$1.6M 2013
69% Stoker
  • Producer
$1.8M 2013
No Score Yet Killing Lincoln
  • Executive Producer
2013
No Score Yet Loving Memory
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
2012
80% Life in a Day
  • Executive Producer
$0.3M 2011
43% Cracks
  • Executive Producer
$18.1k 2011
No Score Yet Io sono Tony Scott, ovvero come l'Italia fece fuori il più grande clarinettista del jazz
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Gettysburg
  • Executive Producer
2011
87% Unstoppable
  • Producer
  • Director
$81.6M 2010
54% Welcome to the Rileys
  • Executive Producer
$0.2M 2010
80% Cyrus
  • Executive Producer
$7.5M 2010
47% The A-Team
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
$77.3M 2010
No Score Yet Tell-Tale (Tell Tale)
  • Producer
2010
51% The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3
  • Producer
  • Director
$65.5M 2009
No Score Yet The Andromeda Strain
  • Producer
2008
No Score Yet Into the Storm
  • Executive Producer
2008
76% The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
$4.0M 2007
No Score Yet The Company
  • Executive Producer
2007
55% Déjà Vu
  • Director
$64.0M 2006
32% Tristan & Isolde
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
$14.6M 2006
19% Domino
  • Director
$10.2M 2005
75% In Her Shoes
  • Executive Producer
$32.9M 2005
39% Man on Fire
  • Producer
  • Director
$77.7M 2004
No Score Yet Beat the Devil
  • Director
2002
No Score Yet The Gathering Storm
  • Executive Producer
2002
66% Spy Game
  • Director
$62.4M 2001
47% Where the Money Is
  • Executive Producer
2000
No Score Yet The Last Debate
  • Executive Producer
2000
92% RKO 281
  • Executive Producer
1999
71% Enemy of the State
  • Director
1998
63% Clay Pigeons
  • Executive Producer
1998
37% The Fan
  • Director
1996
87% Crimson Tide
  • Director
1995
72% True Lies
  • Director
1994
92% True Romance
  • Director
1993
44% The Last Boy Scout
  • Director
1991
39% Days of Thunder
  • Director
1990
33% Revenge
  • Director
1990
46% Beverly Hills Cop II
  • Director
1987
55% Top Gun
  • Director
1986
No Score Yet Surrogate
  • Jones
1984
48% The Hunger
  • Director
1983
No Score Yet Boy and Bicycle (Boy on a Bicycle)
  • Actor
1965
No Score Yet Operation Bikini
  • CPO Perez
1963
No Score Yet Claro
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
70% Labyrinth
2012
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
  • 2014
98% The Good Wife
2009-2016
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
50% Coma
2012
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
  • 2012
No Score Yet Numb3rs
2005-2010
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 2005
86% Pillars of the Earth
2010
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer

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